Over the past couple of years, I have been pleased to be part of Denisa’s publishing journey. She has published her children’s picture book – The Martian’s House – in print format, and just recently has converted it to Kindle format as well. Because I often get people asking me what this process is like, I thought it might be helpful to have Denisa share her experience with the ebook publishing process in her own words. If you’d like more information about Denisa and her books & CD’s (recording as Katie Cutie), please visit her website. Both print books and kindle format books are available through Amazon around the world.
by Denisa Senovksky (aka Katie Cutie)
The process of converting my paperback book to an Amazon kindle ebook was quite intimidating, as I had no prior knowledge of the process and hadn’t even downloaded an ebook. I turned to my Createspace project team for sound advice and they had given me two options. The first option was to convert my book myself using the HTML format and although I’m usually up for a challenge, I don’t have any HTML skills and I wanted to ensure that my ebook was formatted properly. So I opted for the latter option and had my Createspace team convert my book for me for the price of $169.
There was a lag time of three weeks before the conversion was complete so I did my due diligence and familiarized myself with the pricing of similar books in my genre. I also researched Kindle Direct Publishing and their features to prepare for the great day. After much anticipation, Createspace notified me that my ebook file was ready. I logged into my Kindle Direct Publishing account and carefully followed their directions. The trickiest and most confusing part for me was uploading my file. I initially uploaded the PDF file and was informed to upload the DRM application file instead, which was sitting in my Createspace project service toolbox.
Once the file was uploaded, KDP gave me two ways of viewing it; the online previewer and the downloadable previewer. While the online previewer is the easiest way to preview your content, my book didn’t appear properly aligned. When I spoke with my Createspace project team, Kirsten assured me that ebooks have free flowing text and that individuals familiar with ebooks would be able to view my book successfully. She had downloaded my book using her kindle fire and conveyed that everything looked great and gave me the go ahead. It was a great day and to celebrate,
I took advantage of KDP Select’s free book promotion and set up an entire day of free downloads. The free book promotion is a great perk to authors who sign up exclusively with KDP Select’s Program from Amazon.com. I spread the word on facebook and other social media sites and offered everyone a free download. As a result, wonderful comments poured in that touched me dearly. The best feeling in the world is hearing that my story is inspiring and entertaining young children as intended.
In conclusion, if you’re a newbie to publishing electronic books who’s contemplating on moving ahead with the process, don’t hesitate to ask for assistance. The key is to take daily action to achieve your goal by implementing baby steps. May you be blessed on your ebook creation journey!
I would like to extend a special thank you to Crystal Stranaghan, who provided me with immeasurable help and support with publishing my first ebook.